Budcat Creations was a video game developer based in Iowa City, Iowa. It was a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, though they formerly had partnerships with Electronic Arts and Majesco. They were largely responsible for porting titles to non-target consoles. They had worked on a number of blockbuster gaming franchises, among them Guitar Hero, Madden NFL, and Medal of Honor. They have also produced a few original titles, including Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy and The New York Times Crosswords.


Budcat was founded by Jason Andersen and Isaac Burns, who met while working at EA Tiburon. In 2000, the two left to form Budcat in order to develop several ports of Madden NFL 2002 for Electronic Arts (EA).

The company went on to produce a string of sports titles for EA over the next five years, including entries in the NASCAR Thunder, NHL Hockey series, and FIFA Manager series, as well as the PlayStation 2 version of Psychonauts for Majesco.

In 2005, Budcat moved to its ultimate location to Iowa City in order to facilitate expanding their offices. Budcat worked in partnership with Majesco Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and Activision on multiple titles before being purchased by Activision Blizzard on November 10, 2008, where they mostly worked on the Guitar Hero series. Budcat Creations was shuttered by Activision Blizzard on November 16, 2010.


Release Title Platform Publisher
2011 Top Shot Arcade Wii Activision
2010 Pix Maze iOS Activision
2009 Band Hero PS2 Activision
2009 Our House Party Wii Majesco
2009 Guitar Hero: Metallica WiiPS2 Activision
2009 Guitar Hero 5 PS2 Activision
2008 Guitar Hero World Tour PS2 Activision
2008 Guitar Hero: Aerosmith PS2 Activision
2008 Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy Wii Majesco
2007 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock PS2 Activision
2007 The New York Times Crosswords NDS Majesco
2007 Medal of Honor: Vanguard PS2Wii Electronic Arts
2007 Arena Football: Road to Glory PS2 EA Sports
2006 Nacho Libre NDS Majesco
2005 Madden NFL 06 PC EA Sports
2005 Psychonauts PS2 Majesco
2004 Total Club Manager 2005 XboxPS2 EA Sports
2004 Madden NFL 2005 PC EA Sports
2003 Total Club Manager 2004 XboxPS2 EA Sports
2003 Madden NFL 2004 PS1GBA EA Sports
2003 NASCAR Thunder 2004 PS1 EA Sports
2002 NASCAR Thunder 2003 PS1 EA Sports
2002 Madden NFL 2003 PS1GBA EA Sports
2002 NHL 2002 GBA EA Sports
2002 Desert Strike Advance GBA Electronic Arts
2001 Madden NFL 2002 PS1N64GBA EA Sports